Friday, November 20, 2015

Grape & Grain San Mateo

227 S San Mateo Dr, San Mateo, CA 94401
(650) 342-9463

OH SICK 8 TAPS. Call 911, there's too much beer in San Mateo! Normally this wouldn't piss me off, but I just got kicked out of the place b/c the moment my wife walked in with our 2-month-old the owner told us to leave -- this was just after I witnessed him showing off a Ferrari to some yokel.  Oh, right, she's a 'minor' ( so "sorry parents".  Go right ahead and pull your head out of your ass Mr Italian Sportscar.

The worst part is the straight up boring/annoying drinkers that show up:

Let me tell you guys what really makes my beer-boner die off: hearing tech bros talk about "integration strategies",...
Posted by Non-Snob Beer Reviews on Monday, November 9, 2015

If there's one thing going on that doesn't piss me off it's that they often have beers by Fieldwork:

Fieldwork Brewing Company has yet to disappoint, and Misfit Stream is no exception. Makes me less bummed about the brewery situation in the Bay Area.
Posted by Non-Snob Beer Reviews on Monday, November 9, 2015

In summary, I'll probably drink beer here again, since there seems to be no better option. Thanks again Bay Area Beer Vacuum!! 


Thursday, November 12, 2015

21st Amendment Toaster Pastry

type: India red ale
origin: San Leandro, CA
price: $5.60/24oz can
ABV: 7.6%
NSP: 9.5

In preparation for this review I sifted through the archives in search of comparisons. Based upon my non-snob research, here's a ranked list of hoppy red ales, with #1 being... well... number 1 in my book:

  1. Blazing World
  2. Hop Head Red
  3. 1881
  4. Legendary Red
and in reverse order ranked by my least favorite:
  1. 5 am Saint
  2. Pinstripe
and beers I haven't tried but would be interested in doing so:
What seems to be consistent across all poorly executed red ales is an under-attenuated biscuit-malt backbone and the taste of dishwater and metal followed by a bitter finish.  It seems like making it an 'India' style red ale is a fucking moot point when the shit tastes like squeezing out water from an old sponge into your mouth.

Of course I'm exaggerating. This is OK, strong, relatively good NSP, and in a sweet-ass can next to some Bud heavy tallboys.  When it warms a bit, there is some amount of fruitiness from the hops, which helps a lot to reverse the emotional damage from the sponge-chug.  

But in the end it's basically a forgettable addition to an already overcrowded beer fridge. That could change in the future, but only if they manage to scrub out that dirtiness.

The can says the name of the beer is an homage to the previous tenants of their new San Leandro facility, a Pop Tart manufacturer.  I'm somewhat confused about this, since 21st Amendment is a good brewery with sometimes world class stuff, but not in this case.  So, let's just say this is more like an homage to figuring out new equipment.  Here's to hoping 21st buys new sponges. 

[ And no, dipshit, it doesn't taste like a Pop Tart. ]